What does capitalist mean?

Definitions for capitalist
ˈkæp ɪ tl ɪstcap·i·tal·ist

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. capitalistnoun

    a conservative advocate of capitalism

  2. capitalistadjective

    a person who invests capital in a business (especially a large business)

  3. capitalist, capitalisticadjective

    of or relating to capitalism or capitalists

    "a capitalist nation"; "capitalistic methods and incentives"

  4. capitalistic, capitalistadjective

    favoring or practicing capitalism


  1. capitalistnoun

    A person who is a supporter of capitalism.

  2. capitalistnoun

    An owner of (considerable amount of) capital.

  3. capitalistadjective

    Of, or pertaining to, capitalism.

    capitalist economy; capitalist countries.

  4. capitalistadjective

    Supporting or endorsing capitalism.

    capitalist pigs.


  1. capitalist

    Capitalism is an economic system based on the private ownership of the means of production and their operation for profit. Central characteristics of capitalism include capital accumulation, competitive markets, price system, private property, property rights recognition, voluntary exchange, and wage labor. In a market economy, decision-making and investments are determined by owners of wealth, property, or ability to maneuver capital or production ability in capital and financial markets—whereas prices and the distribution of goods and services are mainly determined by competition in goods and services markets.Economists, historians, political economists and sociologists have adopted different perspectives in their analyses of capitalism and have recognized various forms of it in practice. These include laissez-faire or free-market capitalism, anarcho-capitalism, state capitalism and welfare capitalism. Different forms of capitalism feature varying degrees of free markets, public ownership, obstacles to free competition and state-sanctioned social policies. The degree of competition in markets and the role of intervention and regulation as well as the scope of state ownership vary across different models of capitalism. The extent to which different markets are free and the rules defining private property are matters of politics and policy. Most of the existing capitalist economies are mixed economies that combine elements of free markets with state intervention and in some cases economic planning.Market economies have existed under many forms of government and in many different times, places and cultures. Modern capitalist societies developed in Western Europe in a process that led to the Industrial Revolution. Capitalist systems with varying degrees of direct government intervention have since become dominant in the Western world and continue to spread. Economic growth is a characteristic tendency of capitalist economies.


  1. capitalist

    A capitalist is an individual or entity that possesses, invests in, or supports the economic system of capitalism, in which trade and industry are primarily controlled by private owners for profit. Capitalists tend to own or have a significant stake in businesses and companies, and they strive to increase their wealth through investment and business operation. They advocate for free market competition, minimal government intervention, and personal and corporate wealth accumulation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Capitalistnoun

    one who has capital; one who has money for investment, or money invested; esp. a person of large property, which is employed in business

  2. Etymology: [Cf. F. capitaliste.]

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    Rank popularity for the word 'capitalist' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4281

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    Rank popularity for the word 'capitalist' in Adjectives Frequency: #592

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of capitalist in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of capitalist in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of capitalist in a Sentence

  1. Mmusi Maimane:

    I'm not fundamentally capitalist or socialist. If you held a gun to my head, I would say I believe in a declining state and increasing private sector, i would work closely with unions but we're not compromised by being in an unhealthy alliance with them.

  2. Dan Price:

    As much as I'm a capitalist, there is nothing in the market that is making me do it.

  3. Josef Stalin:

    We shall not make this public, the capitalist encirclement continues.

  4. John Maynard Keynes:

    The best way to destroy the capitalist system is to debauch the currency. By a continuing process of inflation governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens.

  5. Malcolm X:

    You show me a capitalist, and I'll show you a bloodsucker.

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